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Mzimba Hospital workers petition government

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Mzimba District Hospital workers on Tuesday morning petitioned M’mbelwa District Council demanding improved working conditions.

Hospital workers, dressed in uniforms, marched from Mzimba District Hospital to the District Council offices where they presented the petition.

They carried banners depicting different messages while chanting songs of unity.

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Some of the banners carried called for improved hospital services, increment of other current transactions (ORT) and loosening screws on District Health Officers when it comes to speaking to the media.

The workers also asked government to prioritise the health sector by allocating more resources for sustainable health and hospital delivery services in the country.

The petition also demanded that government should employ more doctors stressing that the current ratio is worrisome as two doctors serve 37,000 patients.

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After receiving the petition, Mmbelwa District Commissioner, Thomas Chirwa, assured workers that their grievances would be channeled to the relevant authorities.

“I also want to thank all of you for staging a peaceful demonstration and this shows that you understand the values of our democracy,” said Chirwa.

Mzimba District Hospital, like other country’s district hospitals, continues facing numerous challenges due to poor funding.

Recently it announced suspension of meals that it provides to patients due to the reduction of its monthly budget from K18 million to K7 million.

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